Sand in the Gears

The professor in the home

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 Posted in The Art of Parenting | 48 Comments »

Every month, money flies from my checking account to the education savings accounts of my children, because I don't want them to become hobos. This is one way I allay my fear the world will eat them up. It's a ...

An open letter to the weeping conservative

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments »

Look, it's not the end of the world, or America, or really much of anything. In fact, it could become the beginning of something. Here are eight reasons you should take heart from what you consider last night's loss. 1. Congressional ...

An Apple in time

Friday, August 24th, 2012 Posted in The Art of Parenting | 3 Comments »

Another working road trip. My colleague needs a piece of equipment from the Apple store, which is in a mall. The Apple store is swarming with people, but in less than 30 seconds, a salesman comes alongside to take us ...

Criminalize this

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 Posted in Curmudgeonry, The Art of Parenting | 9 Comments »

Perhaps most disturbing about Robin West's attack on homeschooling is that it's published in a scholarly journal, even if it does come out of the University of Maryland. One might expect more thoughtfulness, even from a second-rate scholar. But instead we ...

Marionette parenting

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010 Posted in Fatherhood, The Art of Parenting | Comments Off on Marionette parenting

Judith Woods reminds us that there's a difference between good parental involvement and hovering overkill (i.e., "helicopter parenting"). We ought to dispense with calling it helicopter parenting, in fact, and call it marionette parenting. Parents should be in the helicopter, ...

When is it legal for them to mix me a drink?

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 Posted in Fatherhood, The Art of Parenting | 1 Comment »

I suppose it's helpful to hear some expert advice on when my children can have sleepovers and get their own mobile phones, but there's some other milestones I have in mind, like the age when they can operate a chainsaw, ...

What my kids call theirs are just fine, thank you

Monday, January 4th, 2010 Posted in Curmudgeonry, The Art of Parenting | 4 Comments »

I don't know which is creepier, the fact that U.K. public schools are going to start teaching five year-olds the names of private body parts, or the fact that the U.K. has a "Children's Secretary." And given the aberrant practices ...

Schooling on the homefront

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 Posted in Snapshots of Life | 2 Comments »

Recently discovered in a then six year-old Eli Woodlief's home-school work: Q. Do you think that using an alphabet is the best way to write? Explain. A. No I sirtenly do not. Q. Would you like to visit the White House? Explain. A. No ...

Memo to my local school board: be careful what you wish for

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 25 Comments »

I recently learned that public school officials in my area sent a letter to parents of their students, asking for the names and addresses of any children they know who are not enrolled in public school. This is troubling, because the ...